Rocket 21 J2M International Recognition

Special Recognition to International Submissions

WOW. Not only did Gen Z students present innovation and ideas for the Challenge that were literally OUT OF THIS WORLD ... great ideas came pouring in from ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Check out some of the top submissions from students based outside the U.S. - Canada, India, Pakistan and Mexico.

We are honored to have this global braintrust of students sharing their ideas to solve challenges facing a successful Journey to MARS!

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Peter S., Mexico




Water is a necessity on Earth, but it is even more necessary on a planet that might not have any. Research shows that Mars surprisingly once had more water than the Earth’s Arctic Ocean. Scientists have been working hard in trying to search for answers as to why this major water supply left the surface of Mars. With astronauts getting ready for the journey, it will be an important task to supply themselves with water and other necessities the crew will need. An idea to preserve water, astronauts could use the method of turning water into a gaseous form. For example, one could heat the water (through a machine created for this specific purpose) so it will turn into a gas, the gas will then travel through a purification system to be cooled down and purified so it can then return to a liquid form and be re-used by the astronauts on the shuttle. This water can not only be used to drink, but can also be used as bathing water as well as other things deemed necessary to the crew on board.

"For Innovation Now, this is Peter from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico."

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Thank you for this opportunity Rocket21! I look forward to seeing everyone else's submissions!


Brijesh K., India



PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY For the first time, NASA is preparing to send humankind beyond earth's orbit till 2030's . The undertaken mission is so ambitious, can even see the sun rising from an another land! Carrying out this journey will require SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY. To go to a different land which is completely independent from the Earth, we have to manage a great infrastructure and a space station that can launch a "ORION". NASA is currently working on all the fields which is compulsory to be work upon. Clearly we know that the people will go weightless, people can lose muscle strength, bone strength, they can receive radiations from the sun. It's so common that the human body can go 'noodles', therefore, exercise is must. We need to study the bone and muscle weaknesses and also the psychological changes in the body. We must have to evaluate readaptation to gravity for the nine months trip. At the same time, we need to work upon the vision changes too. It is needed to be explore the work of ISS to make it more reliable. Then, probably we can find a place where we can a enjoy a different LIFE!


Ahmed K., Pakistan



Journey of a lifetime, journey to Mars.

A journey of 225million kilometers, base stations, must be placed in space at suitable distances for docking and refueling. Astronauts can conduct experiments and repair damages done to the Orion here. Three base stations will be present, the first one at a distance of 5.6million kilometers from earth, the second one at 112.5million kilometers and the last one at about 123.7million kilometers. Base stations will provide thrust to the space craft and cause it to accelerate towards the next base station. The SLS will provide enough thrust for the Orion space Craft to reach the closest base station to Earth within a time span of six days. The space craft will travel at a speed of 217.01 m/s to reach the first base station. From there the ARM will commence. An unmanned robotic space craft attached to Orion will be removed and will depart on its journey to the NEOs where it will lift boulders and will place them in Lunar Orbit. Because of the 3.711 m/s² gravitational force and with an atmosphere 100 times thinner than the Earth, landing is trivial. The use of jets directed opposite to the direction of the gravitational pull of Mars providing a thrust below mass of Orion*3.711kg m/s² can prevent a bumpy landing.


Hajra N., Pakistan



It's our greatest achievement that human race is going to land on mars in our era, a great but a perilous journey, to me the most vital prerequisites to survive on mars are: artificial gravity, special mineral and nutrient diets, heat resistant technologies and heat prevention and tolerance measures, special communication techniques as there may be astronauts or some martians and even if there wouldn't be any martians still intercommunication between astronauts will require some special communication techniques as sound cant travel on mars and the most important is the environmental control measures as the sudden change in environment may cause dangerous biological changes in astronauts...


I am a girl from such a backward area of Kpk Pakistan and we are thought to be so conservative and primitive but I am daring enough to present my ideas in front of jury and expect the most optimistic response from judges.


Julianna C., Canada



In space you are no longer protected from threats, like the atmosphere or asteroids. So you must prepare astronauts for all situations. Even medical. In space bone density decrease making fractures easier to occur. To counter that I suggest calcium vitamins. For muscle loss, more equipment. For lack of sunlight vitamin d pills. But what happens if something else occurs? I suggest that at least one astronauts to have a medical degree and all tools necessary to perform surgery, diagnose and prescribe medicine. They will be in space for at least 10 months and that's just to get their they should be prepared for all situations. Imagine you are on the Orion 6 months into your 10 month trip and a crew member falls ill with appendicitis. No one has a degree and doesn't know how to help so the crew member parishes. But imagine a crew member did have their degree and removed the appendix before it bursts and you complete your mission to Mars. This is just a precaution for the well being on everyone on the ship because anything can happen in the depths of space. For innovation now this is Julianna, Ottawa, Ontario.

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I feel this will help astronauts a lot on their trip to Mars.


Code H., Mexico



Creepy Crawlies - Podcast

In a world so far away, one wouldn’t think of the small possibilities lurking around within the soil and atmosphere: Bacteria! What if bacteria exists on Mars? Maybe it could be any type of bacteria from earth. Or maybe it is a bacteria that has never been discovered before? Could this bacteria affect the astronauts’ in some way? Or maybe cure the deadly diseases and sicknesses of our earth? In recent research, it has been proven that there is a higher risk of cancer on Mars due to the high radiation level on the surface. However, there is a possible chance that astronauts could find cures for sicknesses through bacteria on the surface of the Red Planet.

In order to keep astronauts safe from possible deadly bacteria on Mars, an idea that scientists could use is Anti-Bacterium 3000, a gel that could prevent bacteria and infection that could enter through abrasions and injuries on the astronauts. This gel would quickly heal any injuries with immediate appliance.

For innovation now, this is Codeliva from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


I know this isn't about the Mars project or anything, but I just wanted to thank you for this awesome opportunity! My siblings and I enjoyed working together to come up with ideas and recording our podcasts. It was absolutely fun! Thank you once again!


Roma M., Mexico



THE C.E.R.D. BY TALINA R. - Writinggirl

From the Mercury suit worn by John Glenn to the Apollo 11 suit worn by Neil Armstrong, NASA surely has come far in designing and creating new spacesuits, including one for the journey to Mars. Recently, NASA has selected a new suit called Z-2 that they will continue to test and improve over time, preparing for when astronauts are ready to launch for Mars. One of the ideas that engineers can use for the suit would be a Computer Enhancement Research Device, C.E.R.D. for short. It would be equipped with an in-helmet technology that improves visibility and provides better communication among other functions. This device would be connected to the astronaut’s transparent shield of the helmet, which would allow the astronaut to view information of the material they are examining. Another feature would be voice commands and voice communication – this has already been accomplished for example, with IBM’s WATSON. This system would have the capability of generating hypotheses and recognizing different probabilities of various outcomes and C.E.R.D. will be able to assist astronauts in making quicker and safer decisions.

Jarvis, anyone?

For Innovation Now, this is Talina from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


When I decided to go for a vodcast, a huge part of me was excited. But another part of me screamed: "what are you doing?! You're camera shy!" It's true. I am totally camera shy and I prefer to stay behind the lenses, away from the spotlight. But I as continued on with the challenge, completing phase one, two, three, four and the most important one, number five, I realized something I knew all along. I could do anything if I set my mind to it. I'm the type of person that will never settle just for the sky. I will always try to reach for the stars, always find a way to make things better, and always believe in myself. After I finished my vodcast, edits and all, I realized at how happy I was.

I was happy because I stepped out of my comfort zone. I was given an amazing opportunity to do something that I knew I couldn't pass up and I stepped up to the challenge and I faced it head on. Was I shy when I first filmed my project? Like you wouldn't believe! But I kept my head held high, repeatedly told myself that I could do this and in the end, I did and I have you to thank for that. You guys have given me, a normal sixteen year old, this amazing opportunity, and I can't thank you enough for it. Thank you for always believing in me, for supporting me and for always pushing me to do my best. I truly hope you enjoy this vodcast of mine as much as I enjoyed making it for you!